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Syrian Army Shells Turkish Military Convoy in Southern Idlib

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled on December 21 a Turkish military convoy that was moving in the southern Idlib countryside.

Iba’a, the main news network of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), said that the Syrian artillery pounded the Turkish convoy while it was passing near the town of Kafar Aweed. Opposition sources confirmed the incident.

After the attack, the convoy headed to the Turkish observation post near the town of Shir Mughar in northwest Hama, according to local activists. This indicates that the alleged shelling didn’t result in any real losses.

A day earlier, the Turkish military’s main observation post in southeast Idlib, that’s located near the town of al-Surman, was shelled by the SAA. The shelling was likely a mistake.

SAA troops are now less than 5 km away from the al-Surman post. The Turkish post will likely be besieged soon, if Turkey chooses to not withdraw its fromces from it. Earlier this year, Ankara opted to keep its troops in a similar post in northern Hama, despite the army’s siege.